Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 51:1-19. You may wonder why I included a lesson from Psalm 51 in the midst of the study of the book of 2 Samuel, but this is David’s response to his circumstances during this time.
Psalm 51 is a Psalm of David, after he’d been with Bathsheba and the prophet Nathan confronted him. The story of David and Bathsheba is recorded in 2 Samuel 11-12. In Psalm 51 David cries out to God for forgiveness. He confesses his sin to God and asks God to cleanse him. Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins?
David asks God to cleanse his heart and create a right spirit in him. He begs God not to turn away from him or to take the Holy Spirit from him. He asks God to restore to him the joy of his salvation. David declares he will praise God despite his shortcomings.
David says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” God wants us to come to Him and ask for His forgiveness for our sins. He wants us to be obedient and do the things that are right in His sight. God loves us unconditionally, but when we fail to meet His expectations we need to repent and turn from our sins.
Daily Bible Scripture:
1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.]] Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
Things to think about:
- Is there anything in your life you need to ask for God’s forgiveness?
- Are you in constant fellowship with God?
- Have you received the joy of salvation?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Help us to ask for Your forgiveness of our sins. Help us to be obedient to Your Word. Help us to desire to be in fellowship with You constantly. Create in us a clean heart. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Zechariah: A Story of Dreams and Visions is a Daily Bible Reading study by Deborah H. Bateman. It is a study of Zechariah from the Old Testament of the Bible. Zechariah was a prophet during Old Testament times. He tells of eight dreams or visions he has where the LORD communicates with him.
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